Turkish authorities have approved the environmental impact assessment for four VVER-1200 reactors at the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Mersin Province, western Turkey. It will be the first nuclear plant in the country.
Turkey's Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MoEU) which examined the report found that the project "to be consistent with the special format of the Turkish EIA legislation and has been agreed upon," project developer Akkuyu NPP said.
The Russian-owned company submitted the environmental impact assessment report for the Akkuyu plant to MoEU in July 2013, but revised it in April 2014 it to include supplementary information.
The 5500-page document studies the impact of the nuclear power plant on the environment, including agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, local production, fishing, and more. European and Asian specialists in ecology, nuclear power plant design, licensing and construction were involved in preparation of the report, Akkuyu NPP said.
The Akkuyu project will be the first nuclear power plant in Turkey and represents the 'launch' the nuclear industry in the country, Akkuyu NPP said. The project is therefore of great interest to government agencies, public organisations, political parties and the Turkish public.
The project will also be Russia's first to be implemented under the build-own-operate model. Construction is expected to begin at the site by March 2015, Rosatom CEO Sergei Kirienko told reporters on an official visit to Turkey, 1 December.
Photo: Environmental surveys taking place at the Akkuyu site (Source: Rusatom Overseas)